The Lord’s Prayer – Hallowed Be Thy Name

I was privileged to spend much of my weekend in the peace and quiet offered by Stillwood Camp at the Northview Prayer
Retreat.  If you have considered participating but have not yet done so, I would advise it J.  We spent valuable time reflecting on who Jesus is and our facilitator, Dennis Fuqua, taught us to pray using the Lord’s Prayer as a guide for reflection and intercession.  For more information on the materials presented, visit the Living Prayer website.

In my last devotional, I focused on praying to God as our Father. Today we will look at the phrase, “Hallowed be thy name” or as Dennis Fuqua would paraphrase it, “Let your name be holy”.

The fact that Jesus teaches us “hallow” God’s name goes far beyond a command to use God’s name in appropriate ways.  We often think of this in terms of not taking His name in vain, not using his name as a profanity or a flippant expression.  While this is important, there is much more to it.

As we learned in the series on the names of God, Biblical names have great significance because they are intricately linked with character.  To “hallow” God’s name means to believe that He is who He says He is.  If we don’t believe in His character, we are not letting His name be holy.  Think this through with me.

Elohim – the Creator.  If we hallow the Lord’s name “Elohim”, we will treat creation with the respect and attention it deserves as being the handiwork of the creator.  We will view all human beings as unique and worthy of respect because they are created in the image of God.  “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

El Elyon – God Most High.  To honor God’s name, “El Elyon” we must believe that God is sovereign over all nations, all people, and all circumstances.  We need to cling to hope, knowing that God has dominion over everything that is opposing us or causing us pain, and that He will use everything for His glory and in His Kingdom.  This isn’t easy, but is integral to hallowing God’s name.  As Nebuchadnezzar reflects, “I…raised my eyes towards heaven, and my sanity was restored.  Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever” (Daniel 4:34-35)

El Roi – The God Who Sees.  We hallow God as “El Roi” when recognize that He is aware of our circumstances and is reaching out to us.  As we allow Him to minister to us in the midst of pain or confusion and as we search His word for answers and comfort, we are honoring His name.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Adonai – Master.  When we obey God’s words we are honoring him as the master of our lives. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)

Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness.  If we believe that Jesus’ death was sufficient payment for our sins, we are hallowing Jehovah Tsidkenu.  If, instead, we keep attempting to earn our salvation or continue to live in condemnation or guilt we are not honoring His name.

There are so many others I could highlight.  How can we worry about finances and simultaneously honor God as El Shaddai – the All-Sufficient One, or as Jehovah-Jireh – Our Provider? Letting His name be made Holy in and through our lives is a life long learning process, so I encourage you to linger here a bit when you pray. Reflect on the character of God, and ask Him what you need to do today, to hallow his name.

Kristal Toews


The Lord’s Prayer – Our Father…

May seems to be a prayer month here at Northview.  We’re hosting a prayer weekend on May 25-27 at Stillwood, and also having a women’s prayer training night on May 31st.

With these events on the horizon I’ve been focused on the study and practice of prayer lately, and so am going to spend a few weeks reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer.  For those of us who rushed through it every morning in elementary school, I think it’s important that we absorb it more slowly.  Permit me to quote in the King James version … it just seems right ).

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name 

Our Father… As we’ve learned from studying the names of God, the God of Christianity is relational, not distant or unconcerned.  He is consistently represented in the bible as a God who is near, who wants good things for his children and who has their best in mind.  Even if we have not experienced a “good father” on this earth, all of us can visualize what a “good father” would be like.

A good father guides and lead his children through life. He desires to bless. He rejoices when his children come to Him. He loves them because they are His, not because of what they have done. He comforts them when they feel pain, disappointment and discouragement. He is honored when his children step out of their comfort zone and obey his words to them: when they act in obedience because they trust him.   He expects a lot from his kids because he knows they are capable of acting maturely even if they don’t always display it.

Do you want a Father like this?  Do you know that God offers this relationship to you?

Being a parent has profoundly affected my understanding of God.  I never knew I could love someone SO completely simply because they were mine.  If, like me, you have struggled with understanding God’s love for you, think about the love you have for your children or for other family members and meditate on the following verses:

“The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”  Deuteronomy 1:30-31

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,” 2 Corinthians 1:3

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” Ephesians 1:16-18

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1

After thinking through these things, pray, addressing God as “Father”.  It changes so many things…

Kristal Toews

Director of Women’s Ministries